My Story

Naomi Ward is a CTI trained, ICF accredited coach and facilitator working with educators, from new entrants to the profession, middle leaders and leadership teams. She partners educators as they re-discover their strengths, values and purpose and what that means for their personal and professional autonomy. She supports schools as they choose to shift their performance management and professional dialogue towards a coaching model. She believes that by paying attention to what matters most to us as educators, we inhabit our full capacity and begin to have the impact we are longing to have, as individuals, and as organisations at the heart of our communities.
Naomi was a Secondary English Teacher then Faculty Leader in London secondary schools for 14 years before relocating to Hampshire. She founded Education Connected in 2015, offering powerful programmes of personal development coaching and training. In 2019 she founded Purposeful Educators, which offers learning programmes for educators who are dedicated to finding and living their purpose, then learning to become coaches in order to bring the best out in others.
Naomi has edited two books about wellbeing in the Education sector. She is a Coach for MTPTProject which supports educators while on parental leave, a Fellow at Leeds Beckett University and a volunteer mentor at The Kings Arms Youth Club.

My Professional Experience

2014 – Present Founder of Education Connected

2013-2014 English Teacher – The Petersfield School

2006-2012 Curriculum Leader for Communications – The Charter School

2002-2006 Deputy Head of Engish – Dunraven

2000-2001 Digital Media Producer – Circle

1997-2000 Account Manager – Pres.co

1995-1997 Senior Account Executive – Sponsorship Consulting

Education & Certifications

CPCC – Certified Co-active® Coach, CTI (2017-2018)

Masters Media, Culture and Communication, The Institute of Education (University of London) (2003-2006)

PGCE, English, Oxford University (2001-2002)

B.A. English Literature and Art History, University of Birmingham (1993-1996) 

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